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Chicago – Illinois University Settles With Professor Who Criticized Israel

November 12, 2015 at 11:32 PM
Chicago - The University of Illinois said on Thursday that it would pay $875,000 to settle a lawsuit by a professor who lost out on a tenured position after he made Twitter postings critical of Israel. Steven Salaita, 40, had sued the university for violation of his rights to free speech, saying that donors had pressured trustees to withdraw their offer due to public criticisms he made about...

New York – Private Library By London Orthodox Jew Of Hebrew Writings To Be Sold

November 12, 2015 at 11:00 PM
New York - Sotheby's is offering what experts consider the world's most important private library of Hebrew books and manuscripts, collected by a London diamond dealer. The 11,000 items document life in the Jewish diaspora from Europe and Africa to Asia, spanning a millennium, Sotheby's vice chairman David Redden told The Associated Press on Thursday. Some items have burn or water marks or...

Washington – U.S. Military Drone Strike Believed To Have Killed ‘Jihadi John’ From IS Slaying Videos

November 12, 2015 at 10:57 PM
Washington - A U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Syria believed to be transporting the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" on Thursday, according to American officials. Whether the strike killed the British man who appears in several videos depicting the beheadings of Western hostages was not known, officials said. Mohammed Emwazi was the target of an airstrike in Raqqa...

Melbourne – Apple Apologizes After Black Teens Ejected From Store

November 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM
Melbourne - Apple apologized on Thursday after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave one of its retail stores in Melbourne, where a staffer had expressed concern they would shoplift. The technology giant faced accusations of racism in a backlash that began after one of the teens posted a video of Tuesday's incident on his Facebook page, captioning it: "Simply Racism." In the video...

Washington – Pentagon Chief Fires Top Military Assistant, Cites Misconduct Allegations

November 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Defense Secretary Ash Carter suddenly fired his top military aide Thursday citing allegations of misconduct, and referred the matter to the department's inspector general. Defense officials would not provide any details about why Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis was removed from his job. A senior defense official said Carter learned of the allegations Tuesday night and later informed the...

Miami – Traffic Gridlock In Miami Spurs Search For Transit Solutions

November 12, 2015 at 09:27 PM
Miami - With little land left to build on between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, Miami developers are going vertical, converting the city from a sprawling suburbia to a dense metropolis. Dazzling luxury condo towers designed by top architects highlight what some have called the "Manhattanization of Miami." But with the glamor come mounting traffic woes, and politicians and residents...

Orange County, NY – Neuhaus Identifies Possible Locations For Hudson Valley Legoland

November 12, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Orange County, NY - A Lego-based theme park could be the latest addition to the Orange County landscape, with a site located near Kiryas Joel being scrutinized as a possible contender for the attraction. Legoland representatives toured eight prospective sites in October. “We had a bunch of Lego executive and their real estate team fly out here two weeks ago today,” Orange County...

Jerusalem – Hospital Raid Video Gives Rare Look At Murky Israeli Unit

November 12, 2015 at 08:30 PM
Jerusalem - Security camera footage of a deadly Israeli arrest raid in a West Bank hospital on Thursday gave a rare glimpse into the murky undercover units that Israel contends are a key tool in preventing violence and Palestinians revile as a ruthless symbol of Israeli occupation. In the footage, Israeli officers disguised as Palestinian civilians in Arab garb, including some wearing fake...

New York – New York City Revenues Ahead Of Forecast For Fiscal 2016

November 12, 2015 at 08:03 PM
New York - New York City will take in $304 million more in taxes and other revenues than forecast for the current fiscal year, allowing it to meet additional expenses and pre-fund some of next year's budget, according to a report from city budget officials on Thursday. The report is further evidence of the city's relatively strong economy, which is helping boost its tax haul. New York's...

Onowa, IA – Fiorina Says No “Ill Will” For Clinton

November 12, 2015 at 07:35 PM
Onowa, IA - - Carly Fiorina says she bears no "ill will" to Hillary Rodham Clinton for not saying more to a man who told her he wants to strangle the Republican presidential candidate. During an event for the Democratic presidential front runner Tuesday, Clinton laughed along with the audience and said, "I wouldn't mess with you." The Clinton campaign has said the man was using a figure of...

Washington – Obama Calls Trump’s Plan To Deport Illegal Immigrants Unrealistic

November 12, 2015 at 07:33 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama said on Thursday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plan for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants is unrealistic. "The notion that we're gonna deport 11, 12 million people from this country - first of all, I have no idea where Mr. Trump thinks the money’s gonna come from. It would cost us hundreds of billions of dollars to execute...

New York – NYC Subway Wi-Fi Service Expands To 37 More Stations

November 12, 2015 at 07:04 PM
New York - The MTA is announcing the expansion of subway Wi-Fi service to 21 underground stations in the Bronx and 16 additional Manhattan stations. Officials with the MTA and technology company Transit Wireless announced the expanded service at the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium station on Thursday. It's one of the stations that now have Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi and cellphone service were already...

Washington – Average US Rate On 30-year Mortgage Jumps To 3.98 Percent

November 12, 2015 at 06:55 PM
Washington - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates this week rose sharply for a second straight week as expectations grew that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped to 3.98 percent from 3.87 percent a week earlier. Nearing 4 percent, it was the highest level for the...

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Tycoon Buys 7-year-old Daughter $77M In Diamonds

November 12, 2015 at 06:35 PM
Hong Kong - A Hong Kong billionaire tycoon paid a total of $77 million at auctions in Geneva for two large and rare colored diamonds for his 7-year-old daughter Josephine — and renamed them after her, his office said Thursday. Joseph Lau was the top bidder for the 12.03-carat "Blue Moon" diamond that sold Wednesday night for a record-setting 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.5 million), said a...

Brooklyn, NY – NY News Chopper Hit By Laser, Help Police Track Down Suspect

November 12, 2015 at 06:01 PM
Brooklyn, NY - An NBC news helicopter helped police track down and arrest a suspect who allegedly pointed a laser at the chopper while it was flying over Brooklyn. NBC New York (http://bit.ly/20Num8a ) says Chopper 4 was over Prospect Heights at about 6 p.m. Wednesday when it was stuck by a green laser. A chopper reporter used a camera to zoom in on the suspects, who were seen standing behind...

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